May 9, 2012

Track & Field's Early, Maguire Collect Student Awards

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) and junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team were named the recipients of the University's Dean Williamson Award and Parent's Association Award, respectively, announced by the Student Awards Committee on Tuesday.

The Dean Williamson Award is presented annually to "that senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics, and loyalty to the University." Early, who is the second-straight member of the women's track & field team to receive the honor, truly demonstrated the nature of the Dean Williamson Award as she displayed a commitment to success in the classroom, in athletics and in the community.

Early, a multi-events specialist, finished third in the heptathlon at last weekend's America East Championships with 4,621 total points. Early, who was a four-year member of the UNH women's basketball team from 2007-11, also enjoyed an impressive indoor season, headlined by a runner-up performance in the pentathlon at the New England Championships.

Early, a hospitality management major and two-time member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, was instrumental in the growth of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee as she worked with both the track & field and women's basketball programs through camps, clinics and community outreach programs. 

The Parent's Association Award is presented to sophomore and junior-level students "who have shown an understanding and appreciation of the value of a university education, and who have accepted the responsibility to share their education to better the community in which they live."

Maguire, a political science major and distance runner on both the cross county and track & field teams, finished fifth in the 1,500 meters at the conference championships over the weekend. Maguire, who also set a school record in the 3,000 meters at the Penn Relays, enjoyed a strong cross country season as she earned America East All-Conference and NCAA All-Northeast Region accolades.

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